Hundreds *More* Low-Temp/Snow Records Fall Across Eastern U.S.
From Michigan to Kentucky, the first snows of the season have been registered; and across the U.S., 28 states have been put under frost and freeze alerts this week as record-setting cold dominates, from Colorado to New York.
Descending Arctic air triggered frosts as far south as the Gulf of Mexico, and within that mass of air, a myriad of remarkable temperature values were observed, including the 21F at Des Moines, Iowa, which busted its previous Oct 18 record from 1972.
Record lows of 10F were logged in Le Mars and Sheldon, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska suffered its earliest 16F in recorded history; Springfield, Missouri registered its earliest-ever 21F; Montgomery, Alabama saw 32F, its earliest frost on record; Augusta, Georgia noted its earliest 30F; while Tulsa, Oklahoma clocked its earliest 26F ever recorded — to name just a handful.
Many, many more temperature records fell — the below graphic visualizes those that tumbled over the past 24-hours alone:
Accompanying the early-season freeze has been record-breaking snowfall.
Serving as just one example, historic totals were registered across parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this week. The heavy snow ranged from 6 to 21 inches and set, according to the National Weather Service, two new snowfall records in Marquette.
Tuesday’s totals (of 9.1 inches) set a new benchmark for Oct 18 at the NWS office, while the combined snowfall over Oct 17 and Oct 18 (at 18 inches) has been confirmed as a new all-time record for a two-day snow event during the month of October.
On average, just 5 inches falls in and around Marquette during the month of October.
Moreover: “The 18 inches has vaulted this month to its third-snowiest October on record behind 1979 (18.6 inches) and 2020 (22.1 inches),” said the FOX Forecast Center, with almost two weeks left to run! — the COLD TIMES are returning.
Impressive accumulations were noted ACROSS the UP, not just Marquette: Herman received 16 inches; Three Lakes logged 20.2 inches; Champion saw 17 inches; and Mountain Lake measured 15.6 inches — incredibly rare, record-busting totals for October.
The early-season winter storms also knocked out the power to 30,000 homes across Michigan–and across northern Wisconsin, too.
The majority of those customers were eventually reconnected, but at a slower pace than usual given the lingering inclement conditions that made it too dangerous for utility workers.
The snow wasn’t just confined to Michigan, of course.
Chicago, Illinois also officially registered its first snowfall of the 2022-23 season this week. The NWS reported a trace at O’Hare Airport on Mon, Oct 17, noting that the average date Chicago sees its first traces of snow is usually Oct 31, meaning ‘winter’ in the Windy City has arrived some two weeks ahead of schedule.
Elsewhere, Cincinnati, Ohio also saw snow. A trace was recorded at CVG airport –the city’s official weather station– which, according to the NWS, was among the earliest snowfalls on record, rivaling that of Oct 11, 1905 and Oct 12, 1921.
This week’s snow might actually have been the earliest-ever recorded; as pointed out by a National Weather Service employee in Wilmington, and just to confuse matters, ‘hail’ is grouped in with snow in the historical record books.
Looking ahead, a more encompassing polar outbreak is about to sweep the CONUS beginning this weekend — one that will almost certainly see snow returning to Western Washington, among other locales.
The NWS says snow levels will drop to 3,000 feet Saturday night through Sunday morning across Washington, meaning flakes are set to fly around places like Stevens Pass, Mount Baker, Paradise, and The Olympics.
The AGW Party has milked this ‘catastrophic heat season’ (aka summer) for all it’s worth; but now it’s time for a taste of the polar opposite. The NWS is warning residents of the West that now is the time to prepare for potentially disruptive, winter-like weather.
In addition, the North American continent is about to experience something of a ‘swing between extreme‘.
This week, the East has suffered fierce cold while the Northwest has enjoyed out-of-season warmth. Next week, however, a ‘looping’ jet stream will ‘flip’ these region. By Monday, it will be the West’s turn to reside ‘above’ a southerly plunging jet–making it subject to descending Arctic air; with the East, at least for a day or two, residing ‘below’ a northerly-buckling pattern–seeing it engulfed by a brief burst of anomalous warmth:
The East’s ‘reds’ will immediately be replaced by yet more ‘blues’, however, as the West’s Arctic front expands:
For more on the climatic mechanics behind all this –and the connection to low solar activity– see yesterday’s article:
Cold Wave Grips East Asia
Eastern Asia, and also Siberia, have had a torrid time of it over the past few months — historic cold has lingered.
And now this week, a fresh cold spell is gripping the region–most notably in far-Eastern Asia.
Temperatures dropped to as low as -8C (17.6F) in North Korea and -4C (24.8F) in South Korea, with rare frosts reported to have dominated even at low elevations.
Spring Still Refuses To ‘Sprung’ In Australia
Spring is still refusing to sprung across much of the Aussie continent.
Following what was a colder-than-average winter –record-breakingly cold for some locales, such as Brisbane— ‘tails’ of polar air continue to be whipped off the Antarctic ice sheet and flung unusually-far north (over New Zealand and South America, too).
Even into November, the GFS is forecasting truly exceptionally gelid outbreaks spilling into even the most northern reaches of the continent. Although admittedly in the unreliable time-frame, just look at what the models have in store for Nov 2 and 3:
Stay tuned for updates.
The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING in line with historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among many other forcings, including the impending release of the Beaufort Gyre).
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